February 2016


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Palatine Chapter #206 participated in conferring the Royal Arch Mason Degree on the first Wednesday of January on Jason Cicinski.  This concludes Jason's Royal Arch Work, and now it is on to the Council.  On February 17, 2016, Palatine Chapter will have its Official Visit of the District Deputy.  I am sure it will be a fine evening.

Loyal L. Munn Chapter #96 participated with Palatine Chapter in conferring the Royal Arch Mason Degree on January 6, 2016.  It was a fun evening and the candidate, Jason Cicinski, got a good degree.  We may be allocating our February 3rd meeting to the Commandery for the Red Cross and Malta Orders.  On February 3rd it is also the Official Visit of the District Deputy.  That should be interesting since I am the High Priest and the District Deputy.  I am sure it will be fun.

Cryptic Council has been chomping at the bit to confer its Work.  It will be done on the 20th of January.  This will be an extra meeting of Cryptic CounciI.  I believe we have three candidates if they all show.  With this weather, who knows.  It was 4 below this morning.  Our next Stated Meeting is on the 3rd of February.  We may be doing the Red Cross and Malta Orders that evening.  We will discuss Wednesday night.

Bethel Commandery should be conferring the Illustrious Order of the Red Cross and Order of Malta on February 3, 2016.  We will make a final decision this coming Wednesday.  We are starting to hold practices for our Inspection on the off Wednesdays.  We will have several candidates ready after we finish our Red Cross and Malta.  We will be conferring several Orders of the Temple before our Annual Inspection in April.  We are working hard to get ready.

The Inspections in the First Division are getting started in January.  We will be at St Bernard #35 on the 23rd and Mizpah #53 on the 30th.  After that they keep rolling through the Spring.

First Division Inspections are:

1-23-16    St Bernard #35 and Albertus Magnus #92
1-30-16    Mizpah #53
2-20-16    Evanston #58
2-27-16    Apollo #1
3-12-16    Silangan #93
3-19-16    Austin #84
3-26-16    Joliet #4
4-20-16    Trinity #80
4-9-16      Calvary #25
4-16-16    Bethel #36
4-23-16    St Elmo #64

2-6-16   Aurora #22 (2nd Division)

We are all enjoying the new 10 man Opening for Commandery.  We did it in Templar Uniform (as we all should have been doing forever).  The key to this is that we can open with 10 men (or 9 if necessary).  The Grand Encampment Full Form Opening takes about 16-18 Sir Knights to accomplish.  Most Commanderies do not have that many at their conclaves.  This is a workable way to get back to the basics of our chivalric fraternity.  It is our understanding that this Opening will be used again this year. It is being slightly revised and updated and will be labelled 10-Man Opening 2015.  The latest Version id dated 11-15-15.

The Grand Commandery has come out with a new award, called the Cross and Crown Award.  This is available to a Commander who performs certain functions and reaches certain goals during the year.  It is our understanding that this Award will be available in 2015/2016, as well.  This past year our own Gary Berenger won that Award.  The only recipient in the State of Illinois.  Congratulations, Gary!

Bethel Commandery has come out with another belt
buckle for sale for benefit of the Knights Templar Eye
Foundation, Inc.  This one is a Royal Arch
Chapter buckle, with the triple tau, and with the
infamous words "Holiness to the Lord"
emblazoned thereon.  This buckle has been commissioned
in honor of Brother, Companion,
and Sir Knight David P. Miller, Past Grand High Priest
and member of the Palatine
York Rite.  It will sell for $50, just
as the Knights
Templar buckle did last year.  We also we able to
obtain a few more Knights Templar buckles since we
had more orders than we could fill.  Let me know if
you are interested.

Our loyal Companion and Sir Knight Jim Newby has volunteered to coordinate the degree work going forward.  Thank you, Jim. He will also work with the Officers of the four respective bodies.  I will help him get started with this task by giving him a list of who does what in our Degrees and Orders.  I told him I would do that and have yet to get it done.  The following is what we have printed for some time.  "As a reminder, at our planning meeting on April 4,
2007, we tentatively decided to appoint one member as
a "Degree Czar" for each of the Palatine York Rite
Bodies.  That would be four individuals.  The thought
was that the number two man in each body would fill
that need.  We need to get more people trained in our
Degree Ritual so we have a backup for each part. 
Right now, if certain people are out of town, we are
stuck.  This will also get some of our newer members
actively involved in the affairs of our four York Rite
Bodies.  This will also get the number two man in each
group more prepared for his year as Presiding Officer.
Planning and Preparation.

The York Rite offers many opportunities for us to
serve our fellow man and our communities.  Each of the
Bodies has a charity or several charities that we
support.  Membership in our York Rite Bodies allows us
to fulfill our Obligations and Vows to help those who
are less fortunate.  Let us keep this in our minds as
we go about our daily endeavors.  There is a cloud
surrounding us, that has been built up over the
centuries, that we are a secret organization.  Now is
the time to let those on the outside know who we are. 
We should not keep our lamps under the bushel, but
should let our Light so shine before men, that they
may see our good works, and glorify our Father, which
is in Heaven.

Palatine Chapter currently has about 176 members.  L L Munn has about 56 members.  Cryptic Council about 200 members.  Bethel Commandery now has 206 members.  Of these, 94 are life
members and 13 are 50-year members and are exempt from Dues.

As a reminder, the new Palatine Masonic Temple is all on one floor and at
ground level.  Therefore it is wheelchair accessible.  No ramp or chair lift

Our backlog of work is:  Palatine Chapter #206-1;
Loyal L. Munn Chapter #96-0; Cryptic Council #46-3;
Bethel Commandery #36-5.  Let's get those Petitions

Sickness and Distress:   

1.  Louis Sands slipped on the ice recently and broke his ankle.  We wish him a speedy recovery.  He would love cards and calls.  Feel free to do that.


1.  2-3-16  Palatine York Rite.  Dinner at 6:30 PM.  #46 Opens.  Red Cross and Malta Orders.
2.  2-17-16  Palatine York Rite.  Dinner at 6:30 PM.  #36 Opens.  Commandery Practice or OOT.
3.  3-2-16  Palatine York Rite.  Dinner at 6:30 PM.  #96 Opens.  Commandery Practice or OOT.
4.  3-16-16  Palatine York Rite.  Corned Beef and Cabbage at 5:30 til 7:30 PM.  #206 Opens.
5.  4-6-16  Palatine York Rite.  Dinner at 6:30 PM.  #46 Opens.  Commandery Practice or OOT.
6.  4-16-16  Bethel Commandery Annual Inspection.
7.  4-20-16  Palatine York Rite.  Dinner at 6:30 PM. #36 Opens.
8.  5-4-16  Palatine York Rite.  Dinner at 6:30 PM.  #96 Opens.  Annual Convocation of Loyal L. Munn Chapter #96.
9.  5-18-16  Palatine York Rite.  Dinner at 6:30 PM.  #206 Opens.  Annual convocation of Palatine Chapter #206.
10.  6-1-16  Palatine York Rite.  Dinner at 6:30 PM.  #46 Opens.  Annual Assembly of Cryptic Council #46 and Annual Conclave of Bethel Commandery #36.
11.  6-15-16  Palatine York Rite.  #36 Opens.  Annual Steak Fry and Installation of Officers.


Bradley L. Baker, PHP, TIPM, PC, Correspondent